2007 - Michael Rische
Michael Rische was born in Leverkusen, Germany. He studied in Düsseldorf ander Max Martin Stein (pianoforte) and Milko Kelemen (composition) before continuing his musical education ander Rudolf Buchbinder in Vienna. Further encouragement and advice was given by Rudolf Serkin and Pierre Boulez.
He has collaborated with such conductors as Sylvain Cambreling, Gerd Albrecht, Yuri Simonow, Christoph Poppen, Michael Boder and Wayne Marshall (Artist-in-Residence at the Kurt Weill Festival 2005) and performed with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, the Randfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberger Symphoniker and the BBC Symphony Orchestra London. Michael Rische has been a guest artist at concerts halls throughout Europe, in Israel, the United States and China. His numerous CD recordings, released by EMI, BMG, Universal and Sony, have further cemented an international reputation, with high praise in particular bestowed on his interpretations of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy and Ravel.
Since his discovery of the piano concertos of Erwin Schulhoff and George Antheil (premiere on 5th March 2001 in London) Michael Rische has helped gain wider recognition for this unique musical genre - the music of the 1920s, where classic meets jazz. This music is also the focus of a television documentary made by the director Alexander Kluge. Michael Rische’s latest CD entitled Piano Music of the 20s was released in the spring of 2006 by Sony, and includes piano pieces by Antheil, Schulhoff, Gershwin and Milhaud, amongst other composers.
The pianist’s recording of Beethoven’s third piano concerto has also attracted great attention. On this CD listeners are for the first time given the opportunity to choose between six different cadenzas.
Michael Rische teaches pianoforte at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.